Chicago expands indoor dining capacity for restaurants and bars, effective immediately


CHICAGO — Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Tuesday the expansion of indoor dining in Chicago, effective immediately, due to significant progress in the fight against the COVID-19 virus. 

As of today, restaurants and bars can serve 50 people or 40% capacity. Table size remains limited to no more than 6 people and alcohol service still ends at 11 p.m.

The city is allowing this after Chicago recorded fewer than 400 new COVID-19 cases per day, for the past three days.

“In recent days, we have made incredible progress in the ongoing effort to save lives and defeat this deadly virus,” said Mayor Lightfoot. “I am thrilled that we have made enough headway to cautiously ease more regulations, but I once again want to remind all our businesses and residents that we are not out of the woods yet. Only by committing to what we know works will we be able to continue moving forward carefully and responsibly.” 


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